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Pain Drawings: An Important Tool for Health Care Practitioners

Last year we shared with you a study in which investigators found patients with more severe and chronic TMD are likely to experience other persistent pain conditions in other parts of the body, seemingly unrelated to problems in the jaw or face. Yet patients often do not mention these "overlapping" or "comorbid" pain conditions when they see a dentist or health care provider.

Primary Temporomandibular Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

The aim of this study is to evaluate the distribution of the most common comorbid conditions associated with chronic temporomandibular disorders, and the pharmacological agents which play an integral role in the overall management of temporomandibular joint disorders. Abstract: INTROD

Overdiagnosis and Unnecessary Therapy

Many dental practitioners continue to use radiographic or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as the sole means of establishing that there is a pathology present that requires treatment.

TMD Self-Management Programs

Self-management (SM) programs in temporomandibular disease (TMD) are a core component of pain management of TMD throughout its course and are often given to patients as a first essential step after diagnosis.

Honor Families Who Bravely Battle TMD

If you haven't done so already, please join me in making a year-end contribution to The TMJ Association (TMJA) in the honor of families like mine and yours who bravely battle this disease each and every day. Since my daughter, Alexandra, b

Patients Needed in Baltimore MD Area: Study on Genetics and Facial, Jaw and Headache Pain

  • Sep 23, 2016

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing asked us to post the following announcement on a research opportunity for patients.

Chronic orofacial pain represents an economic burden both in the United States and worldwide affecting 5-10% of the population. Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore have developed a novel and comprehensive genetic, behavioral and imaging approach to study the role of genetic variations on pain mechanisms in healthy participants as well as participants with facial, jaw and headache pain.

Who is eligible to participate?

You may qualify if:

  • You are 18-65 years of age
  • You speak and understand English
  • You are either in good health or you have had headaches, facial pain, and/or jaw pain recently

This research study:

  •  Requires one screening visit for ensuring eligibility
  •  Requires one experimental study session lasting no more than four hours

Compensation for all sessions and parking vouchers are provided. If you are interested, please email CollocaLab@son.umaryland.edu or call 410-706-5975. For more information, please read the informational flyer.

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